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    Rusty Trailer Mudguards - Nylon or Steel bolt replacement

    Hi everyone!
    I'm winterising my Bayliner 175 ready to put away, and found that it doesn't quite fit in the garage!
    I need to remove the plastic mudguards on my Indespension trailer to get it to fit, which are solidly rusted on. Out with my angle grinder and I cut off the screw heads, but so much heat was generated that the screws melted the plastic and virtually dropped out anyway.
    The mudguard is sound, but I'm thinking it would be a better idea to drill right through the mudguard and replace with bolts and not rely on screws? I'm thinking nylon bolts as it carries little weight or stainless steel so they don't rust, as I'm going to have to do this each year? Any thoughts please?
    Nobby
    2006 Bayliner 175XT bought March 2017.
    RS Vision Sailing Dinghy
    London Calling, UK

    #2
    Are you in fresh or salt water? Since you will be doing R&R annually regular bolts would work in fresh or if in salt stainless. I wouldn't trust nylon to handle the vibration stresses in that application.

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      #3
      Stainless steel bolts, nuts and washers.
      Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

      Bayliner 3870 "ALASKA33)
      Twin 350 GM power
      Located in Seward, AK
      Retired marine surveyor

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        #4
        And put antiseize on the threads to help prevent galling.
        Esteban
        Huntington Beach, California
        2018 Element 16
        Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida
        Former Bayliners: 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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          #5
          Thanks, good plan!
          I drilled them all out and replaced in stainless steel and treated the threads too!
          Nobby
          2006 Bayliner 175XT bought March 2017.
          RS Vision Sailing Dinghy
          London Calling, UK

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